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Michelle Obama Plans Special Announcement Next Week on NBC

Michelle Obama Plans Special Announcement Next Week on NBC

Former First Lady Michelle Obama will stop by NBC’s The Today Show on Thursday, October 11th, the International Day of the Girl. She will talk about the importance of education for girls around the world and will also have a special announcement. She will sit down with Today’s Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb to announce her new plans to promote girls’ education worldwide in an hour-long TV special. Obama appears to be teaming up with Jenna Bush Hager, the TodayCorrespondent and daughter of former President George W. Bush (a self-proclaimed big fan of the former First Lady), who is launching a series on global adolescent girls’ education the same day, according to an NBC News press release. The international observance day declared by the UN supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide. This inequality includes areas such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women, and unfree child marriage. The celebration of the day also "reflects the successful emergence of girls and young women as a distinct cohort in development policy, programming, campaigning and research." Increasing girls’ education was one of Obama’s main agendas in the White House -- a mission she has continued in her life post-1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor, and Jennifer Hudson will also join FLOTUS44 that morning with live performances. More here.

Hundreds of Migrant Children Moved to a Texas Tent City, Hispanic Lawmakers Sound the Alarm

Hundreds of Migrant Children Moved to a Texas Tent City, Hispanic Lawmakers Sound the Alarm

Hispanic Lawmakers Request Meeting with Smithsonian After Report Finds Lack of Latino Visibility 

Hispanic Lawmakers Request Meeting with Smithsonian After Report Finds Lack of Latino Visibility